Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deserving of execration; hateful.
  • adj. Extremely inferior; very bad: an execrable meal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the poorest quality.
  • adj. Hateful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deserving to be execrated; accursed; damnable; detestable; abominable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deserving to be execrated or cursed; very hateful; abhorred; abominable: as, an execrable wretch.
  • Very bad; intolerable: as, an execrable pun.
  • Piteous; lamentable; cruel.
  • Synonyms Flagitious, Villainous, etc. (see nefarious), cursed, accursed, detestable; odious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deserving a curse
  • adj. of very poor quality or condition
  • adj. unequivocally detestable

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin execrābilis, from execrārī, exsecrārī, to execrate; see execrate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exsecratus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Christian religion depended upon his life; the efforts which he made for its destruction rendered his name execrable to the nations who have embraced it.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • And while the Dutch superintendent, in execrable Spanish, shouted affirmations of Dutch neutrality into the menacing dark, across the gunwale of Chill II they found the body of the tow-headed youth whose business it had been not to die.

    Whose Business Is To Live

  • The title being a neologism, Dassin was obliged to throw in an awkward explanatory scene in which a nightclub singer delivers a song riffing on the concept of "Rififi" ( "execrable" -- Truffaut).

    Jules Dassin's Film Noir Triumph

  • I finally succeeded in relating my history, adventures and escape, and wound up with an appeal to their charity; setting forth my utterly destitute condition, in the most glowing terms my execrable Spanish would permit.

    Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches An Autobiography

  • The individual character of the creator was not without bearing upon the nature of his creatures; good was the necessary outcome of the good gods, evil of the evil ones; and herein lay the explanation of the mingling of things excellent and things execrable, which is found everywhere throughout the world.

    History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)

  • I had a duty to fulfil, much more terrible than yours, and I was obliged to recall our execrable oath in order to renew courage and strength to keep my promise.

    The Cross of Berny

  • I even have to be held back from tipping if the service has been execrable, which is silly.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • For the same amount of money they paid for Bright Shiny Morning, a novel the LA Times called "execrable," Harper Collins could have hired thirty people at an actual living wage, plus health insurance, for a full year, to do literally nothing but sit around and come up with ideas on how to create a more sustainable publishing industry.

    Special Guest Post: Publishing Industry Evisceration Edition!!!!

  • That's the kind of execrable moral equivalence engaged in by the Soviets and their proxies, and it's the sort of thing that Andrew Sullivan used to oppose eloquently, before he started to engage in it himself.

    "I mean no disrespect."

  • Derrida did that not because Wolin had acted illegally (he had not), not because Wolin had been discourteous (he was not), not because the translation is "execrable" (it is not, and there are infinitely worse translations of Derrida).

    'L'Affaire Derrida': Yet Another Exchange

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  • Iscariot was in the least degree deprived of freedom or agency in the course he followed to so execrable an end.

    February 11, 2014